Waterford Glass Comport

This flint glass comport with superb cross cuts and large printies was made by Gatchell & Company of Waterford about 1850, another fine example of the art of the glassmaker. This company exhibited in the Great London Exhibition in 1851.

This piece is an example of the latter-day production when there was much competition from mass-produced moulded glass from Japan and the USA. It is included in the selection of 18th and 19th century pieces on display to the public illustrating the history of glassmaking in Waterford. The piece was used at dessert for finger-lifting delicacies.

date/period: c.1850 A.D./19th century

inventory no.: 1999.1777

collection: Waterford City Council

location: Waterford Museum of Treasures exhibition

dimensions: 260 diameter mm

provenance: Gift c.1950

material: Glass

Further Reading: Mairead Dunlevy, Penrose Glass, Dublin 1989

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